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World Cup gold for Coyle and Lanigan O'Keeffe ahead of Rio 2016

The pair put in a great performance in Florida on Sunday night.

IRELAND’S NATALYA COYLE and Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe put in a brilliant performance to claim mixed relay gold at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Florida on Sunday night.

The pair reversed last year’s results when they finished second to Belarus, with the pair of Katsiaryna Arol and Mikalai Hayanouski having to settle for second place this time around.

“We feel pretty good,” said Coyle after the event.

Last year we had three silvers in World Cups so we were pretty damn hungry coming into this one and we’re delighted.

“I love the mixed relay, I think it’s fantastic to watch because it’s male and female and it’s such a different tempo. It’s a great asset.”

Lanigan O’Keeffe agreed the event will help with preparations for Rio.

“I train closely with Natalya all year round so it’s great to compete together and we are a great team. Wherever one of us has a shortfall, the other seems to find an answer. So it’s a great event for us.”

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